A Thurston County man is accused of dousing a motor home with gasoline, then shooting at the vehicle in an attempt to light it on fire.
Thurston County sheriff’s deputies arrested Adrian German-Rodriguez, 35, on Sunday afternoon in the Frank’s Landing area, and booked him into the Thurston County jail. German-Rodriguez appeared in Thurston County Superior Court on Monday, and will likely be charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one count of first-degree arson, and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.
Commissioner Nathan Kortokrax set bail at $25,000.
Jeffrey Lippert, chief criminal deputy prosecutor, said that German-Rodriguez may have been hired to set fire to the motor home. However, his alleged employer hasn’t been arrested. Lippert said German-Rodriguez showed no regard for the safety of the men inside the motor home when he tried to set it on fire.
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Deputies began investigating the incident when a man called 911 and reported that a man had poured gasoline on his motor home, then shot at him. Another man reported that the shooter may have been attempting to ignite the gas by shooting at it, according to court documents.
One of the men reported that he was inside the motor home when he heard footsteps outside. He stepped out and saw a suspect, later identified as German-Rodriguez, fumbling with a gas can. He reported that German-Rodriguez said something about needing to leave, then walked into the woods. Rodriguez then allegedly shot at the motor home.
Deputies noted that the vehicle smelled like gasoline, and appeared to have been shot with bird shot. The two men were likely in the line of fire but weren’t hit, according to court documents.
A police K9 tracked German-Rodriguez to a nearby home. The home’s owner said the maintenance man, German-Rodriguez, was in a back room. Deputies searched the room and found a shotgun that was reported stolen in 2014.
German-Rodriguez allegedly admitted to pouring gasoline on the motor home and firing two shots.